Big Blue View’s pre-combine mock draft rolls on as we dive head-first into the second round.
The New York Giants selected Miami’s dynamic 20-year-old tight end David Njoku with their first pick (23rd overall). In recent years the Giants have used their first pick on young, elite athletes with All-Pro potential, and hopefully that is Njoku.
In the second round, their recent history shows a tendency towards dependable players who contribute in their rookie years, but explode onto the national scene in their second year. Will that hold true true today?
Let’s find out.
33 - Cleveland Browns
Forest Lamp (G/C, Western Kentucky) - Lamp was a solid left tackle in college, but he will transition inside in the pros. There is speculation that he can excel at either guard spot or center, all of which the Browns need.
1st round pick: Myles Garrett (DE, TAMU), DeShaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
34 - San Francisco 49ers
Takkarist McKinley (OLB, UCLA) - McKinley is one of the surprise players to slip out of the first round. A strong combine could land him firmly in the first, but right now the depth at his position dropped him down. He’ll help rejuvenate San Francisco’s defense.
1st round pick: Mitch Trubisky (QB, UNC)
35 - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jabrill Peppers (S/OLB, Michigan) - Once a lock to go in the top 10 of the draft, Peppers is another surprise slip from the first. He played too many positions in college and scouts are concerned about his lack of interceptions. He is an explosive athlete who is deadly with the ball in his hands, however.
1st round pick: Jonathan Allen (DL, Alabama)
36 - Chicago Bears
Patrick Mahomes II (QB, Texas Tech) - Talk around Jay Cutler is heating up, and Chicago might just be in the market for a new signal caller. Mahomes probably isn’t ready for the big time yet, but his physical talents are top-shelf and he is an exciting player to watch.
1st round pick: Marshaon Lattimore (CB, OSU)
37 - Los Angeles Rams
Carlos Henderson (WR, Louisiana Tech) - The Rams need a true number 1 receiver for Jared Goff, and while he isn’t a big name (yet) Henderson has that upside. He’s a player to watch as the process unfolds.
1st round pick: None
38 - Los Angeles Chargers
Taylor Moton (OT/G, Western Michigan) - The Chargers got Philip Rivers another big, athletic target in Round 1, now they need to think about his future and get him a blocker to keep him upright and give him time to deliver the ball, as well as open holes in the run game. Moton is a rock solid blocker on the right side and can step in at right tackle or right guard.
1st round pick: Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)
39 - New York Jets
T.J. Watt (EDGE, Wisconsin) - Bloodlines are important in the NFL, and T.J.’s last name will get attention. He is a very high effort player who’s best football is likely ahead of him. He probably won’t have J.J.’s career, but work ethic shouldn’t be undervalued. That, high character, and pressure off the edge will help the Jets’ locker room.
1st round pick: Malik Hooker (S, OSU)
40 - Carolina Panthers
Dion Dawkins (OT/G, Temple) - The Panthers’ offensive line just doesn’t match up to their offensive philosophy. Their interior is stout, but they need an upgrade on the edges. Dawkins will help keep Cam Newton upright and open holes for Leonard Fournette.
1st round pick: Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
41 - Cincinnati Bengals
Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington) - The Bengals’ offense trailed off noticeably when they let both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu leave via free agency. Kupp plays with a chip on his shoulder and catches everything thrown to him. He could be deadly across from A.J. Green
1st round pick: Tim Williams (EDGE, Alabama)
42 - New Orleans Saints
Desmond King (DB, Iowa) - There is some dispute whether King will be best as a corner or safety at the next level, but either way, the Saints could use him. He is an experienced and dependable defender who isn’t afraid to get physical.
1st round pick: Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)
43 - Philadelphia Eagles
Alvin Kamara (RB, Tennessee) - Darren Sproles can’t keep playing at a high level forever, can he? Kamara is a speedy back with the ability to line up at receiver. He can supplement and eventually supplant Sproles while also helping a woeful passing attack.
1st round pick: Corey Davis (WR, WMU)
44 - Buffalo Bills
Zay Jones (WR, Eastern Carolina) - Jones has somewhat lived in Kupp’s shadow so far in the draft process, but he is a talented receiver in his own right and a perfect complement to Sammy Watkins. While he doesn’t have the elite speed that teams are looking for, he is a good route runner who catches everything thrown to him and will keep the Buffalo offense on schedule.
1st round pick: Teez Tabor (CB, Florida)
45 - Arizona Cardinals
Obi Malifonwu (S, UConn) - Tony Jefferson has likely gone from UDFA gem to a high-priced free agent walking out the door. The Cardinals’ secondary has play-makers, but if Jefferson leaves, they will need to reinforce the back end. Malifonwu has great size, range, and ability to compliment Tyrann Mathieu.
1st round pick: Reuben Foster (LB, Alabama)
46 - Minnesota Vikings
D’Onta Foreman (RB, Texas) - Right now we don’t know Adrian Peterson’s future, and there is no replacing a player like AP. However, they will need to add a running back. Foreman is a big, powerful back with very good feet who could be a more natural fit with either Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford.
1st round pick: None
47 - Baltimore Ravens
Carl Lawson (EDGE, Auburn) - The Ravens have struggled to find a successor to Terrelle Suggs on the edge. Lawson is a talented and polished rusher, but his injury history has held him back in college. He could be a natural fit rushing off the edge in Baltimore’s hybrid defense.
1st round pick: Jamal Adams (S, LSU)
48 - Indianapolis Colts
Dan Feeney (OG, Indiana) - The Colts finally address their offensive line and take on of the best pure guards in the draft. Feeney has a great frame, good feet, is a solid pass protector and a good run blocker. This isn’t an exciting pick, but it’s one they need.
1st round pick: Dalvin Cook (RB, FSU)
49 - Washington Redskins
Caleb Brantley (DT, Florida) - Washington lucks out and one of the top defensive tackles slips far further than he should have. Brantley is a disruptive penetrator on the defensive interior, with great quickness.
1st round pick: John Ross (WR, Washington)
50 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evan Engram (TE, Ole Miss) - Jameis Winston could use another weapon in the passing attack, and Cameron Bate — second-year TE out of Harvard — was the Bucs’ second-leading receiver. Engram is a match-up nightmare and thrived with Chad Kelly throwing him the ball. He could be a frightening combination with Mike Evans.
1st round pick: Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)
51 - Denver Broncos
Dorian Johnson (OG, Pittsburgh) - The Broncos upgraded a tackle position in the first round and now they upgrade the offensive interior with their second pick. Johnson has a great frame, playing with agility and power. He is the third contender for “Top Guard In The Draft.”
1st round pick: Garrett Bolles (OT, Utah)
52 - Cleveland Browns
Fabian Moreau (CB, UCLA) - Moreau has flown under the radar some, but he is extremely reliable in coverage and a physical defender. Moreau can play inside or outside, looking like a first rounder on the field, but his athletic numbers might cause him to slip.
53 - Detroit Lions
Montravius Adams (DT, Auburn) - The Lions’ defense has suffered since letting both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley leave. When Adams plays behind his pads he is a force to be reckoned with and has the ability to take over a game from the inside. He just needs to do so more consistently.
1st round pick: Haason Reddick (LB/EDGE, Temple)
54 - Miami Dolphins
Jarrad Davis (LB, Florida) - Davis is an active, aggressive leader for the Gators’ defense. The Dolphins need to strengthen the middle of their defense — especially facing New England twice a year. Davis will do that, helping both coverage and run defense.
1st round pick: Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)
55 - New York Giants
Antonio Garcia (OT, Troy) - The Giants need to upgrade at least one of their offensive tackle positions this off-season. Garcia is a tremendous technician with great athleticism and feet, which he puts to use to stymie speed off the edge. He is a bit slender for an NFL offensive tackle at 293 pounds, and could be overwhelmed with power, however his technique and movement skills generally let him keep his defender in front of him and anchor against bull rushes. There will also be teams that downgrade him because of his 32 7/8 inch arms, but they are still longer than Joe Thomas’ and the same length as Jake Long’s.
Garcia is a bit of a work in progress, but he comes into the league with NFL-ready technique and plenty of physical upside. If he can add “NFL strength” to his frame, he has the upside to be a good starting tackle for a long time.
1st round pick: David Njoku (TE, Miami)
56 - Oakland Raiders
Carlos Watkins (DT, Clemson) - Once again Oakland moves to upgrade their defense to match their high-powered offense. Watkins lead the National Champion Clemson Tigers in sacks this past year, and can create havoc behind the line of scrimmage.
1st round pick: Sidney Jones (CB, Washington)
57 - Houston Texans
Raekwon McMillan (ILB, Ohio State) - Jadeveon Clowney is finally starting to look like the player he was supposed to be when he was taken number 1 overall, and the Texans should have J.J. Watt back next season. McMillan gives them a potential three-down presence in the middle of their defense to help tie it all together.
1st round pick: DeShone Kizer (QB, Notre Dame)
58 - Seattle Seahawks
Chris Wormley (DL, Michigan) - The Seahawks’ defense uses a unique blend of 4-3 and 3-4 players and concepts. Such a defense fits a player like Wormley, who’s 6-foot-5, 295-pound frame could easily fit as a 3-technique or a 5-technique, very well. He would be able to step right in and help replenish the Seattle front seven.
1st round pick: Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)
59 - Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Mixon (RB, Oklahoma) - Mixon is something of an elephant in the room. There are some who have him rated as one of the top three running backs in the draft, perhaps even the best. His abilities as a runner and receiver are certainly special, but his off-field concerns could have him off some teams’ (such as the Giants) draft boards. The Chiefs, however, have shown a willingness to take potential character concerns — such as Marcus Peters and Tyreek Hill, and have gotten impressive play out of them as rookies.
1st round pick: Malik McDowell (DL, Michigan State)
60 - Dallas Cowboys
Gareon Conley (CB, OSU) - The Cowboys need help in their secondary after getting a pass rusher in the first round. Conley isn’t as athletically talented as Marshon Lattimore or Eli Apple, but he is comfortable in man coverage on an island.
1st round pick: Charles Harris (DE, Missouri)
62 - Green Bay Packers
Derek Rivers (EDGE, Youngstown State) - One of the the under cover stars of the Senior Bowl, Rivers somehow fell between the cracks in recruiting. A speedy, agile defender, he uses his long frame and athletic ability well to run past blockers, but also has the ability to convert speed into power and run over unwary linemen.
1st round pick: TreDavius White (CB, LSU)
63 - Atlanta Falcons
Taco Charlton (DE, Michigan) - A former linebacker turned defensive end, Charlton is still figuring out how to use all of his self-evident tools. As a result he is inconsistent and can disappear at times (as he did against Ryan Ramczyk). If Charlton can put it all together consistently, his ceiling is high. Should Dan Quinn keep drawing on his roots in the Seattle defense, Charlton could find a home as a base end who slides inside on nickel downs.
1st round pick: Jaleel Johnson (DT, Iowa)
64 - New England Patriots
Bucky Hodges (TE, Virginia Tech) - Martellus Bennett will be testing free agency, and it seems likely that he will leave New England. The Pats can’t count on Rob Gronkowski either, especially as he makes his way back to the field after back surgery. Hodges is a big, athletic tight end and a match-up nightmare who can play in-line, in the backfield, in the slot, and split out wide. He isn’t the most aggressive blocker, but his potential as a complete tight end is sky-high.
1st round pick: Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)
— Who will the Giants get in round 3? Check back tomorrow!